The Good College: An Engineering Example
There has always been great demand for college students with engineering degrees. Engineers and the engineering they do serve to help all of us in our busy modern lives. Engineers design the computers and smartphones we use every day, the medical instruments we rely ...By Elizabeth LaScala
The Four Must Dos on Campus Visits
Among the most exciting parts of the college search, and certainly one of the most important, is the campus visit. There is no better way to find out if a college is the best fit for you than to register for an information session and arrange a campus tour. Today's ...By Elizabeth LaScala
Colleges You Ought to Know
What makes a "good" college? Sometimes it's a school that has a familiar name. But often times it isn't. Students who are beginning their very first college search should keep in mind that some very "good" colleges are ones they have never heard of before.
By Elizabeth LaScala
Student Loans That Make Sense
Student loans are often viewed negatively because they are associated with the rising cost of higher education. Yet many students could not go to college without the help of a loan. If you choose and use a loan judiciously, it can build a sound credit history, add ...By Elizabeth LaScala
Making the Most of Your College Admissions Interview
Many students request interviews, or 'sit downs' as they are sometimes called, with admission representatives who visit our communities this time of year. Others receive emails or phone calls to schedule an interview appointment from an alumnus or other individual who ...By Elizabeth LaScala
Getting Organized for Your Junior Year in High School
Times have changed and getting into college is much different than it was even five years ago. Selecting a college is a big decision, and both public and private schools are increasingly competitive. Going through the college admissions process can seem daunting, but ...By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.
Beyond 'Fit' in College Search and Selection
WCollege costs are skyrocketing and the job market is undergoing rapid and exciting change. Students and their families must go beyond the basics of college "fit" like location, size and weather to make more informed decisions about where to apply and ultimately enroll ...By Elizabeth LaScala and Stuart Nachbar
Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Experiences
There are many rewards for high school students who put energy into finding a summer internship or landing a job. Aside from the obvious benefits of gaining some work experience before going to college and adding to college resumes, some positions can be very exciting ...By Elizabeth LaScala
Does Your 11th Grader Really Need a Resume?
"Does my 11th grader really need a resume?" is a question I sometimes hear from parents in my counseling sessions. Parents, quite reasonably, wonder why a young student would need a resume, what benefits it could serve, and whether this is just one more contrivance to ...By Elizabeth LaScala
|Wednesday, January 28, 2015|
Can You Get a Job with That?
In his presentation "Can You Get a Job with That?" Stuart Nachbar, noted education writer and college counselor states, "A good school does good by its students." And, Stuart and I agree, if a school does a good job of what it is in the business of doing - educating ...By Elizabeth LaScala
|Wednesday, December 17, 2014|
How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?
This question ranks among the top five I get asked each admission cycle. Six college applications once seemed quite reasonable. Now eight is more commonplace and some students want to apply to 10 or more. When is enough, enough? The average college bound American ...By Elizabeth LaScala
|Wednesday, November 05, 2014|
It's Not Enough to Say You Are a Good Match for a College: Prove it!
Many colleges include a prompt that asks the question "Why do you want to attend our college?" You will see this item in different forms, such as "How did you first learn about our college and how did your interest develop?" or "What are the unique qualities about our ...By Elizabeth LaScala
|Wednesday, October 08, 2014|
Should Current Sophomores Take the October PSAT?
In March, the College Board, the organization that administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), announced plans to redesign the exam. The first full length practice tests will be released in spring 2015 and the new SAT will be available to our students in March ...By Elizabeth LaScala
|Wednesday, September 10, 2014|
Understanding Early Decision in College Admission
Early Decision is an application program offered by many colleges and universities that provides an early admission decision in exchange for the student's commitment to enroll. A student may only apply ED to one college, and, if admitted ED, a student must withdraw all ...By Elizabeth LaScala
|Wednesday, July 16, 2014|
Vital Legal Documents During Kids' College Years
Did you know that once children turn 18, parents lose the legal authority to make decisions for them? An individual who has reached the age of 18 is considered an adult in the eyes of the law. This includes the loss of parental ability to access educational i ...By Elizabeth LaScala